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Hard Corps : one marine's journey from gangbanger to leatherneck hero

Author: Marco Martinez
Publisher: [New York] : Crown Pub., ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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At the age of 17, Marco Martinez was a thug--a gun-toting, car-stealing gang member. At the age of 22, he was a hero--the recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire in the Iraq War. This is the story of his incredible transformation and of his experiences on the front lines of the War on Terror. Writing with passion and candor, Martinez brings us back to his gang days, then takes us through the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Autobiographies
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Marco Martinez; Marco Martinez
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marco Martinez
ISBN: 9780307383044 0307383040
OCLC Number: 138342177
Description: xiii, 236 pages ; 28 cm
Contents: Shithead --
Going grunt --
House of pain --
Firing ranges, the fleet, field ops, and FUBAR --
Fly the bloody skies --
Pray for war --
Three days in a war --
Contact --
By the grace of God --
Horrors --
Rifle sight is 20/20.
Responsibility: by Marco Martinez.
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At the age of 17, Marco Martinez was a thug--a gun-toting, car-stealing gang member. At the age of 22, he was a hero--the recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire in the Iraq War. This is the story of his incredible transformation and of his experiences on the front lines of the War on Terror. Writing with passion and candor, Martinez brings us back to his gang days, then takes us through the grueling ordeal of Marine boot camp and the even-more-punishing training at the School of Infantry to show just how warriors are made. Then he unfolds a warrior's tale: we join his Marine squad as they patrol the most dangerous war zone imaginable, the narrow, treacherous streets of Baghdad, and into a brutal terrorist ambush that calls upon reserves of ferocity and courage none of the Marines could ever be certain they possessed.--From publisher description.

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